This week we will have a little different look at POTG. I'll be leaving for Las Vegas to attend the Awards Show festivities later today and then going to Minneapolis on Thursday for the NHL Entry Draft on Friday night and Saturday. The morning links will probably suffer in the process.
Other than covering the four Predators' nominees at the Awards Show and the Predators picks at the draft, posts will be somewhat limited due to a shortage of Internet connections. What will result, long-term, is plenty of videos over the course of the summer to keep interesting stuff up on the site.
In the next couple of days I will have an Awards preview, a post about what the Preds nominees are thinking about heading to Vegas, and the best idea ever conceived about the future of hockey in Las Vegas.
Make the jump for today's news and links...
Thanks to Toast of Music City...
POTG was nominated in the best blog category at this years Toast of Music City competition. Lat year, our friends at Section 303 finished second and were nominated again this year. The only other hockey blog currently nominated is OnTheForecheck.
We will not be running an active campaign but remember to vote for the hockey blogs if you participate. It's an honor to be nominated in the presence of all the other blogs that cover a range of topics in Nashville.
In Pred Nation...
Josh Cooper has a really interesting story with mode details of Pekka Rinne's injury in 2006 than I have seen before.
In the midst of Shea Weber's salary negotiations, he changed agents and went to Titan Sports Management with Jarrett Bousquet as his agent. Titan celebrated their new client with the lead spot on their site.
Josh Cooper has the latest on the Shea Weber front.
Inside Smashville looks at the Predators' busy week.
Ryan Porth lays out his case for Shea Weber winning the Norris Trophy at Smashville 24/7.
The OnTheForecheck team takes a look at the Norris Trophy. Will Shea Weber win?
Paul McCann looks at the Weber situation and seems to enjoy the faux pas at The Hockey News that resulted in a public apology.
Robby at Hockey Night in Nashville went for an upgrade and has drooped the 'blogspot" from his web address.
Mark Willoughby wonders what happened to the Canucks on their way to picking up the Stanley Cup.
Jeremy Gover points out that Austin Watson has been chosen to attend the Team USA camp this summer.
Around the NHL...
A Bob McKenzie tweet says that the salary cap will be $64 million with a floor around $48. The Predators will be pushed in their budget to spend to the mid-point.
PHT has an interesting piece about Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty setting a new price level for players reaching their second contract.
The RLD Hockey crew makes the case for each of the Hart nominees.
Mike Morreale asks if this year's Entry Draft can match the star power of the 2003 draft held in Smashville.
Adam Proteau has the second half of his movie based season in review for the Western Conference teams. This is fairly creative.
Joe Haggerty was great on our last RLD Hockey Talk show giving us incredible insight into the finals between Boston and Vancouver.
Could we hear of a deal between the Flyers and Ilya Bryzgalov as early as Tuesday?
Here are fan submitted pictures of Boston's great celbration on Saturday.
Odds and Ends...
With Father's day yesterday, Dahlia Kurtz looked at men and has an interesting list of how a man's bucket list changes over time.
This is a really odd murder case from 1981 where the wrong guy spent 26 years in jail and they are still working the case for a trial against up to four others.
The folks in Spring Hill who are fighting Mayor Dinwiddie once again over the crematorium are more organized with a new website to disseminate information.
This story won't be up long but an alligator was killed in Columbia, Tn because it was "acting crazy - snapping and stuff."
Fans of Clarence Clemons mourned his death over the weekend.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass